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Egypt: Two missing ancient cities tipped for discovery as scans bring major breakthrough

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:58 pm
by Newsman
EGYPT archaeologist Dr Chris Naunton has told that he is pinning hope on two ancient cities being uncovered following a revolution in his field.

Dr Naunton, the author behind ‘Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt,’ is hoping that will soon change, as archaeologists look to move away from traditional methods of excavating.

He told “The direction that a lot of archaeology is going in is away from excavation and digging things up – it doesn’t allow you to cover much ground.

“Imagine you excavate a two-by-two square and that turns out to be full of stuff – it might not be very interesting stuff, but you’ve still got to bag up every object and register them.

“If it's got lots of stuff in – whether important or not – it might take you two years to go six inches down only to discover that there isn’t really much there.

Dr Naunton revealed how Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) scans and satellite imagery is allowing archaeologists to search larger areas.

He added: “We can now cover much more ground with non-invasive techniques – things like radar, magnetometry, Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) – which allows us to see things like the outlines of houses, buildings or temples.

“Excavations might yield interesting things, but it’s just not as quick.

“You can get the outlines of a city of 1,000 square metres in a matter of days with these techniques. ... thebes-spt